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2019 SCAS Conference: Still time to book!

There is still some time left to book onto the Society for Companion Animal Studies’ 2019 conference, ‘Companion Animals and Us: One Welfare’ on Saturday 21 September 2019 at The College of Animal Welfare in Cambridgeshire. If you are passionate about the relationship between humans and animals, this conference is for you!

This year’s event explores the concept of ‘One Welfare’; the idea that animal welfare, human wellbeing and the environment are all intrinsically linked, and that interactions between them should be to the benefit of all. Talks on thought provoking, and sometimes controversial, topics will provide a platform for an afternoon of workshop discussions; giving an opportunity for sharing ideas and networking with fellow delegates.

The keeping of companion animals, whether as pets or assistance animals, can provide benefits to people, the community and the animal; certainly many pets enjoy interesting and enjoyable lives and the benefits are reciprocal. However, where the human’s needs and/or perspectives are the main focus, there is potential for decreased welfare of the individual animal; this is just one of the topics that will be addressed by our speakers throughout the day.

This year also marks the 40th Birthday of SCAS and, throughout the conference, we will be celebrating all that SCAS has achieved during this time; indeed SCAS Chairperson, Dr Elizabeth Ormerod, will begin the conference by talking through the history of SCAS. This will set the scene for a great line up of speakers: Dr Anne McBride, Clifford Warwick, Vicki Betton and Debbie Rook; who will be looking at domestic pets, exotic species, and the situation, both in the UK and overseas, in regards to pets and housing.

Prices start at just £45 for students and SCAS members. Book a place online.

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SCAS Funded Project: Virtual Reality Swimming with Dolphins

SCAS Chairman, Dr Elizabeth Ormerod writes: One of the workshops at the 2018 IAHAIO conference in Amsterdam was delivered by the Dolphin Swim Club, an innovative cutting-edge programme which employs virtual reality (VR) technology. By wearing waterproof VR goggles showing underwater video footage of dolphins, people perceive that they are underwater swimming with them. This very powerful and moving experience was enjoyed by the delegates – there was a swimming pool within the conference centre! Continue reading

Warning on Autism Service/Support Dogs

Below is a warning that was release by Blaenau Gwent Trading Standards in July 2016.

Blaenau Gwent Trading Standards has warned families considering buying an autism service/support dog to be on their guard when choosing the company or trainer who is supplying the dog. They advise families to check whether they are registered with Assistance Dogs International (ADI), which runs an accreditation scheme for charities and other not-for-profit organisations. If they’re not ADI registered, Trading Standards say families should do as many checks as possible, including speaking to previous customers and looking at reviews. Continue reading

Girl with a golden retriever puppy

Animal Assisted Therapy: Do you deliver it? If so, what’s your perspective?

We have been approached by a student from the University of Northampton who is looking to interview a number of therapists who are are currently delivering Animal Assisted Therapy to children and young people. If you are able to help please contact the student on the contact details below. Please note: The Society for Companion Animal Studies (SCAS) takes no responsibility for this research, and any queries or issues,must be directed to the researcher themselves. Continue reading

Can you spare some time to help researchers from the University of Edinburgh?

Do you work in an organisation that delivers animal welfare/cruelty prevention interventions to children and young people? Would you have some time to help researchers from the University of Edinburgh to identify how best to educate children about animal welfare and prevent cruelty through the completion of two online questionnaires? Continue reading